Series: The Warrior Chronicles,
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on January 19th 2016
Genres: War & Military, Historical, Fiction, Action & Adventure
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The new novel in Bernard Cornwell’s number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
A fragile peace governs the kingdoms of Wessex, East Anglia, under the rule of the late King Alfred’s son, King Edward, and Mercia, under his daughter Aethelflaed.
Uhtred, her formidable champion and greatest warrior, controls the northern parts from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But no one can prepare them for the storm that is about to descend…
The Northmen, allied to the Irish, come in force under the cover of night, up the Mersey, perhaps to attack Chester, perhaps to rage and pillage through Mercia, perhaps to take the troubled kingdom of Northumbria. They are led by the terrifying Viking warrior, Ragnall Iverson, a fierce fighter and ruthless leader.
He and his army are formidable enough but worse still, his brother is married to Uhtred’s daughter. With his passionate determination, Uhtred will stop at nothing to take back his corner of Northumbria and secure the future of Bebbanburg. But for Aethelflaed and the Mercians, doubt must arise to where his loyalty lies.
In the struggle between family and loyalty, between oaths given and political demands, there is no easy solution. And the clash between the Vikings and the Saxons will resound across the land.
Why I’m Waiting
I read Bernard Cornwell’s The Warrior Chronicles this past spring thinking the series was concluded. I was wrong. Ever since I got sucked into the world of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, I have been dying to discover what happens next in the saga. Uhtred is such a remarkable character. Born of what will become England, the son of a Lord, Uhtred is kidnapped by the Danes. Growing up among his enemies, Uhtred learns how to become a warrior. One who is torn between the people who have become is family, and the desire to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred is a man struggling to find his place in this new world.
The series begins when Uhtred is a young boy, and continues through his life. Now, a man with grown children of his own, Uhtred is still struggling to find his way. Now that the series has been adapted by the BBC, I have been able to relive many of the great moments. At the very least my desire to return to this story is being satisfied.